April 11, 2010

Seafoam Stripe Sundress

Presenting....the first of it's kind, designed-by-Adelheide-dress! It was designed, draped, drafted, and sewn by me! Although I typically modify patterns to match my designs, this was the first garment I have every created by draping on a dress form.
Lately I have been inspired a lot by Anthropologie clothing, and their latest catalog had a cute sundress made from black and white checked seersucker. While at the fabric store I had a black and white stripe picked out, but my sister encouraged me to go for the green and white since I need some more cheerful colors in my wardrobe.

A college class I have about pattern draping has taught me a lot about making patterns so this design was relatively simple to create. There is a midriff band, a gathered bodice piece, a simple gathered skirt, and narrow straps. It is lined on top, and closes in the back with a zipper.
The straps are actually the selvage edge from my fabric. I noticed that they had a wide green and white stripe so I turned them under and topstiched a 1/2" strap. The midriff band has 1/5" wide stripes topstiched on with the fabric stripes going in the opposite direction. The edges of these are left raw, and they have frayed to look fuzzy in the wash (it is impossible to see in the picture).
Although it took much longer to make this dress than if I had used a pattern, I love having something I made entirely on my own. Looking back, there is nothing I would have done differently except have a friend on hand to help with the fittings! My summer wardrobe is looking cheerier already!

7 comments:

Jane said...

Wow, that is so beautiful!

SisterlyLove said...

That is gorgeous! I love the color. Would look so darling with a little short white sweater or bolero. You should draft one of those too. ;)
Genevieve

Adelheide said...

That's exactly what I was thinking Genevieve! Great minds think alike :)

Gillian said...

What a darling dress! I love the details of the perpendicular stripes on the midriff band, and the selvedge-straps. Great job!

Anna Kristine said...

Oooh...this is so amazing Heidi! I love love love the alternating tripes. Sooo cute. :) Future anthropologie designer...;)

The Fox Foodie said...

Heidi! That is wonderful! I am so impressed! Oh, and I was just at Anthropology yesterday and oogled at all the beautiful clothes I can't afford to buy :-)

corner wardrobe said...

The dress are amazing!! Love it! :)